East Sydney Community and Arts Centre
34/40 Burton St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Step back in time and discover the world of Australia’s first female rock star, Wendy Saddington, in an immersive soirée of archival media, music and projections, in tribute to her amazing life and career, featuring an in-conversation panel with legendary rock photographer Philip Morris, who photographed her across many incarnations, with musicians Peter Head and Harry Brus (Copperwine, Teardrop).
Saddington was an underground queer icon, performing alongside wild drag pioneers Sylvia & The Synthetics, lending her searing, shivering voice and revolutionary style to countless fundraisers for gay rights. Bohemian and anti-authoritarian, with little interest in fame or career plans, her only official studio recording was the chart-topping psychedelic opus 'Looking Through A Window'. She maintained a mythical presence in the Australian music scene, giving occasional concerts but mainly preferring to focus on Krishna, her spirituality and helping in her community until her untimely death in 2013, at only 63 years old.
The event is curated by Lo Carmen (singer-songwriter and author of ‘Lovers Dreamers Fighters’ that explores the lives and impact of trailblazing Australian women including Saddington).'A feminist icon before most people even realised such things existed' (Everett True, The Guardian).
Photo: Philip Morris